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Five men charged with terrorism offences in Birmingham

09/02/2007

Sue Hemming, Head of the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, today announced charges against five men who were arrested in Birmingham on 31 January 2007. She made the following statement at a press conference:

"Assistant Chief Constable Shaw and I have invited you here today to update you and the public about the current position in relation to the individuals who were arrested in Birmingham on 31 January 2007.

"The Counter Terrorism Division was briefed on this operation shortly before the arrests took place. Another senior CPS lawyer and I have been working closely with the Midlands Counter Terrorist Unit in Birmingham since we were briefed.We have been carefully examining and assessing the evidence against each individual in order to come to charging decisions at the earliest opportunity.

"Over the course of last night my colleague and I made decisions that there was sufficient evidence and authorised the charging of five individuals. We have been working closely with the Director of Public Prosecutions throughout this period.

"One has been charged with an offence of engaging in conduct to give effect to his intention to kidnap and kill a member of the British Armed Forces contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

"He has also been charged with another Section 5 offence of engaging in conduct to give effect to his intention to supply equipment to others for use in committing acts of terorism.

"Additionally he faces a charge of entering into or becoming concerned in a funding arrangement whereby money or other property was made available to another and he knew or had reasonable cause to suspect that it would be or may be used for the purposes of terrorism.

"Four other individuals have been charged with the second Section 5 offence and the funding arrangement.

"One of those individuals has also been charged with failing to disclose information of material assistance in preventing an act of terrorism. That act of terorism is the one relating to the kidnap of the soldier.

"One other man has been released from custody without charge and another is still being held pending further enquiries.

"I would like to remind you of the need to take care in reporting events surrounding these alleged charges. These individuals are only accused of these offences and they have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be responsible media reporting which should not prejudice the due process of law."

  1. Media enquiries to CPS Press Office on 020 7796 8180.
  2. Full details of the charges are:
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    MOHAMMED IRFAN

    On diverse days between 30 March 2006 and 31 January 2007 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court with the intention of assisting others to commit acts of terrorism engaged in conduct to give effect to his intention to supply equipment for use in committting those acts.

    Contrary to Section 5 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

    On diverse days between 30 March 2006 and 31 January 2007 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court entered into or became concerned in an arrangement as a result of which money or other property was made available or was to be made available to another and he knew or had reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for the purposes of terrorism.

    Contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

    ZAHOOR IQBAL

    On diverse days between 30 March 2006 and 31 January 2007 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court with the intention of assisting others to commit acts of terrorism engaged in conduct to give effect to his intention to supply equipment for use in committting those acts.

    Contrary to Section 5 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

    On diverse days between 30 March 2006 and 31 January 2007 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court entered into or became concerned in an arrangement as a result of which money or other property was made available or was to be made available to another and he knew or had reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for the purposes of terrorism.

    Contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

    HAMID ELASMAR

    On diverse days between 30 March 2006 and 31 January 2007 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court with the intention of assisting others to commit acts of terrorism engaged in conduct to give effect to his intention to supply equipment for use in committting those acts.

    Contrary to Section 5 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

    On diverse days between 30 March 2006 and 31 January 2007 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court entered into or became concerned in an arrangement as a result of which money or other property was made available or was to be made available to another and he knew or had reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for the purposes of terrorism.

    Contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

    AMJAD MAHMOOD

    On diverse days between 30 March 2006 and 31 January 2007 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court with the intention of assisting others to commit acts of terrorism engaged in conduct to give effect to his intention to supply equipment for use in committting those acts.

    Contrary to Section 5 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

    On diverse days between 30 March 2006 and 31 January 2007 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court entered into or became concerned in an arrangement as a result of which money or other property was made available or was to be made available to another and he knew or had reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for the purposes of terrorism.

    Contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

    On diverse days between 27 December 2006 and 31 January 2007 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court had information which he knew or believed might be of material assistance in preventing the commission of other persons namely Parviz Khan and others, of an act of terorism and failed to disclose it as soon as reasonably practicable.

    Contrary to Section 38B (1) (a) and (2) of the Terrorism Act 2000.

    PARVIZ KHAN

    On diverse days between 1 November 2006 and 31 January 2007 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court with the intention of commiting acts of terrorism engaged in conduct to give effect to his intention to kidnap and kill a member of the British Armed Forces.

    Contrary to Section 5 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

    On diverse days between 30 March 2006 and 31 January 2007 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court with the intention of assisting others to commit acts of terrorism engaged in conduct to give effect to his intention to supply equipment for use in committting those acts.

    Contrary to Section 5 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

    On diverse days between 30 March 2006 and 31 January 2007 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court entered into or became concerned in an arrangement as a result of which money or other property was made available or was to be made available to another and he knew or had reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for the purposes of terrorism.

    Contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000.